Funding Opportunities

Updated October 9, 2020      

ARTS LEADERS OF COLOR EMERGENCY FUND Set up by the Arts Administrators of Color Network this fund supports US-based BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists AND administrators (consultants, facilitators, box office staff, seasonal/temporary employees, etc.) who have been financially impacted due to COVID-19. Apply to receive funds or donate.


NEW: CALIFORNIA GRANTS PORTAL  The California State Library is excited to announce the launch of the California Grants Portal. Billions of dollars in grant opportunities from dozens of state departments and agencies can now be easily accessed and opportunities can be filtered by keywords or categories. The Grants Portal also makes it possible to search by eligible applicant types, including nonprofit organizations, public agencies, businesses, tribal governments, and others.


HUMANITIES FOR ALL QUICK GRANTS – APPLY BY OCTOBER 19 California Humanities awards Quick Grants (between $1,000 and $5,000) three times a year to small-scale public humanities programs and projects which take place within one year from the award date. Projects should be grounded in the humanities, show potential to provide high quality humanities learning experiences for participants and audiences, and demonstrate capacity for successful implementation.


ALLIANCE FOR CALIFORNIA TRADITIONAL ARTS APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM – APPLY BY OCTOBER 19 For over 20 years, ACTA’s Apprenticeship Program has supported California’s cultural traditions with 348 contracts made to outstanding traditional artists and practitioners. The Apprenticeship Program encourages the continuity of the state’s thriving traditional arts and cultures by contracting mentor artists to offer intensive, one-on-one training to qualified apprentices. Each $3,000 contract will support a period of concentrated learning, from 6 months to a year, for apprentices who demonstrate a committed engagement with, and a talent for, a specific traditional art form or cultural practice.


SIX NEW IMLS GRANTS – APPLY BY NOVEMBER 16 Museums across the United States have six opportunities in the coming months to apply for grants from the nation’s primary source of federal museum funding. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is now accepting applications for six grant programs: Museums for America, Inspire! Grants for Small Museums, Museums Empowered, National Leadership Grants for Museums, Museum Grants for African American History and Culture, and Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services.


AAM 2021 MUSEUM ASSESSMENT PROGRAM – APPLY BY FEBRUARY 1 The American Alliance of Museums' 2021 Museum Assessment Program (MAP) application is now open! This program has helped more than 5,000 small to mid-sized museums strengthen operations, plan for the future, and meet standards.


The Institute of Museum and Library Services has created an FAQ page to address general COVID-19-related questions associated with submitting applications to IMLS grant programs and managing existing awards. IMLS encourages applicants and awardees to monitor this website regularly for updates.